1. a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
  2. a print or impression from such a plate.
  3. engraving or printing of this kind.
  4. a fine, elegant style of handwriting.

Origin of copperplate

First recorded in 1655–65; copper1 + plate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for copperplate


  1. a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
  2. a print taken from such a plate
  3. a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings
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